The Southern Bus Terminal - Sai Tai Taling Chan Tel. +66-2894 6122 +66-2894 6122
is now located on Phutthamonthon Soi 1 in Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, northern Thonburi.
Long-distance buses leave from here to destinations throughout western Thailand (
including Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi ) and southern Thailand ( including Krabi,
Phuket, Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Hat Yai, and many others). The new terminal
is a fairly pleasant airport-like structure with air-conditioning, electronic departure
monitors ( in English ) a few bank offices and a KFC. Unlike Khao San Road's rip
off operators, all buses from here are public, well-regulated, cheap and reasonably
safe, just buy your tickets at the numbered desk with your destination posted in
it ( almost always in English ).
Getting to the terminal is a bit of headache, as public transport is limited. The
easiest option is to take a taxi, but be sure the taxi knows where to go, or you
may end up at the old new Southern Terminal ( Sai Tai Mai ) which only stopped operating
in late 2008. The new one is located in the same direction, but 4.5 km further from
the centre ( 10 km from Khao San road area, about 15 km from Siam square or Silom,
more if from Sukhumvit ).
If you are going there in the evening, especially during workdays, be prepared to
a serious traffic jam - more than half or even full hour is not impossible. As always
in Bangkok, use taxi meter only, which, from Khao San area, should end up around
120 Baht in favourable traffic conditions and up. Ignore touts - the waiting time
in taxi-meter is only 1 Baht/minute, and there are really no faster way once all
the roads out of the city are congested.
The terminal is reachable on buses 515 and 549 and from Suvarnabhumi Airport with
bus 556. From Victory Monument (Victory Monument BTS station), take the pale orange
air-con bus 515 ( 16 Baht ). When approached by an onboard bus conductor, just tell
them "Sai Tai Taling Chan". The bus does not turn left or right all the way, the
large bus terminal will be on the left side ( you will not miss it and probably will
be told as well ) about 9 km after crossing the river.
This way actually does not take much more time than taxi ( it's almost same in the
likely case of a traffic jam ), but you will end up much cheaper, especially if alone.
There are also white Metro minibuses ( 30 Baht ) from various points around Bangkok,
e.g., Ramkhamhaeng road in Bang Kapi, Huamark, near the Rajamangala National Stadium.
There are inexpensive shuttle buses and slightly more expensive ( but quicker loading
and a bit faster ) minibuses from/to Mo Chit northern bus terminal also.